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For the Andrew Jackson Volunteers, it was a different way, but the result was the same.
In AJ’s home sweep of North Central on Friday night, the Lady Vols prevailed in a laugher and the Vols won in a nail-biter.
The AJ teams were in action for the first time in a week after the Vols’ road games with Class A foe McBee were postponed due to the deaths of two AJ students in a Monday auto accident.
The nightcap was tight as the Vols outscored the Knights 11-7 in the overtime for the 77-73 win.
AJ used a pivotal 5-0 run to open the decisive extra period to post the victory.
Vols’ senior Tremaine Jackson, who scored 24 points, hit three in the key spree and Robert Massey, who netted 16, tallied two points.
The Vols were able to use the cushion to get the upper hand and take the win.
“Tremaine, Robert and Quadarius Fair gave us the spark tonight,” AJ coach Dale Reeves said. “We opened the overtime by taking control and we were able to get the win.”
With a minute to play in regulation, North Central held a 65-62 edge, but Fair, who netted 23, dropped in two free throws to make it a one-point game, 65-64. NC’s Tevin Alexander hit one of two free throws to put the Knights up, 66-64, but Fair’s layup with 20 seconds to play deadlocked the game to force the OT.
“In overtime, when you can get that early spark, that will be the difference,” Reeves said. “We were able to hold on.”
Jackson led AJ with 24 points and Fair hit 23. Massey netted 16. Dustin Eddins finished with seven. Lamarcus Bracey scored three and Chris White, who had a key steal to end regulation play, added one.
The Knights, who trailed 34-30 at the half, rallied to tie the game at 43-all after three periods.
Tevin Alexander led the Knights with 24. Justin Black finished with 15 and Christian Henderson hit 12.
In the girls’ game, AJ, 4-1, rolled to a 66-42 victory.
AJ held a 16-11 first quarter edge and used a 19-11 second-period surge to notch a 35-22 advantage.
Dareisha Sowell, who led AJ with 23 points, hit 16 in the opening half to trigger the Lady Vols.
“It’s been a tough week for us, but we were able to pick up the pace and take control of the game,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “We had a lot of people contribute and the first half carried the team.”
Bree Wright hit 18, nine in each half, and Elizabeth Scott scored 12, six in each half. Leah Kennington finished with six.
Brandy Truesdale, Ashleigh Aiello and McKenzie Horton had two points each. Oxi Shropshire added one.
In the junior varsity boys game, AJ improved to 3-0 with a 43-15 win.
Andrew Jackson is idle until its annual Comporium Christmas Classic which will be held Dec. 28-29 in the Volunteer gym.